Deshaun Watson played in six and a half games as a rookie in 2017. In those games, he managed to throw nineteen (19!) touchdown passes. Extrapolated over a full season, by my count, DW4 would have thrown for 1,982 TDs had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury. Lots to look forward to for Texans fans if the franchise quarterback can stay on the field in 2018, friends.
Anyway, a big part of Watson’s success last year was due to play-action. As PFF noted below, Watson managed to lead the league in play-action touchdown passes despite playing less than half a season.
Deshaun Watson didn't even play a full season, and still led the NFL in touchdown passes off play action! pic.twitter.com/DGcEJPb0LN— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 8, 2018
For all of the talk about a different offensive scheme in Houston this season, you have to think that Bill O’Brien’s not about to fix something that’s not broken. Get ready for a heaping dose of more play-action once September arrives.